Friday, May 27, 2022

Pony.ai awarded a permit for its public driverless robotaxi service in Beijing

Pony.ai, the global autonomous driving technology company, announced that the general public in Beijing, China, will be able to experience driverless robotaxis for the first time. Pony.ai was one of two robotaxi operators awarded a permit by Beijing city authorities to offer driverless service in southeastern Beijing. (Pony.ai has had a permit to driverless test since October 2021 but not with the general public in the car.) To ensure safety during this pilot program, a Pony.ai safety supervisor will sit in the front passenger seat.

Pony.ai to launch fleet of robotaxis with Ontime, GAC’s ride-hailing app

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Pony.ai, an autonomous driving tech company, announced a deeper partnership with Ontime, GAC’s ride-hailing app. As part of the partnership, Pony.ai will integrate its virtual driver technology into GAC vehicles, which will then be used on GAC’s Ontime ride-hailing platform. Ontime expects to launch its fee-charging robotaxi service in Guangzhou during 2022. The service will launch with an initial fleet of about 100 autonomous driving Ontime cars. Riders will be able to request Pony.ai autonomous vehicles through the Ontime App as well as through Pony.ai’s own PonyPilot+ App. Pony.ai is also investing in Ontime’s Series A financing.

Immersive VR by UniSA empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war

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When you live in the most arid State in the most arid country in the world, bushfires are rather an unfortunate, and all-too-regular part of life. Learning how to survive such emergencies is important for all people, but especially for our youngest citizens.

Huge spike for hi-tech solution as Australians hit the holiday road

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Melbourne-based security-technology start-up Solid GPS is seeing a spike in sales post-COVID restrictions as Australians start to holiday domestically. The company, which provides state of the art portable GPS trackers, has hit 5,000 customers as an army of ‘Grey Nomads’ increasingly holiday at home after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

Love Your Home report reveals the objects Aussies want to protect most

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Smart-home security provider Ring has released its first “Love Your Home” report, revealing what’s driving interest in smart doorbells and security cameras and offering a glimpse into the memories, passions and objects that Aussies want to protect most from theft or damage. Aussie homes are full of irreplaceable items so it’s not surprising that over half (52%) are set to be protected by smart-security devices in the next 12 months. The new research reveals the weird and wonderful objects Aussies most want to protect, Aussies top benefits of home-security and what the nation wants to see from the industry in the future.  

Pony.ai, the first autonomous driving company to get a Chinese taxi license

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Pony.ai, the global autonomous driving tech company, announced it is the first and only autonomous driving (AD) company to obtain a taxi license in China. Pony.ai was awarded a permit to operate 100 autonomous vehicles as traditional taxis in Nansha, Guangzhou. In May, Pony.ai will start charging fares in the entire 800 sq kms of Nansha with 100 robotaxis and plans to expand the service to other areas of Guangzhou to benefit more residents. Passengers can hail rides and pay for the service through the PonyPilot+ App.

Esri brings powerful mapping tech to everyone with new storytelling tool

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Capturing and sharing life's experiences often requires multiple tools, which can result in disjointed storytelling. To serve creators' needs to control dynamic, narratives in one place, Esri, location intelligence expert firm, released StoryMaps, a powerful, personal storytelling tool. The product extends creative capabilities to anyone who wants to tell their story. Using Esri's mapping technology, this new software brings the geographic approach to any content that creators are passionate about. From documenting their ancestral journey to capturing aspects of daily life or planning a first big post-pandemic trip, StoryMaps helps capture life's moments in a way worthy of those experiences.

Airtel and Mavenir team up to conduct Open RAN based 5G NSA validation

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Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s communications solutions provider, announced to have conducted India’s first Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) based live 5G network validation in partnership with Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects.

TotallyAwesome launches inaugural programmatic solution for under 18’s

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TotallyAwesome, Australia’s digital media network for GenZ and families, has launched TotallyAwesome Programmatic Playground, a digital platform that allows APAC advertisers to engage with under 18’s in brand safe environments at scale using programmatic technology. Despite U18’s and teens increasingly controlling most household purchasing decisions around holidays, cars, beauty, auto and tech, marketers have been unable to target them in a brand safe, contextual environment. TotallyAwesome Programmatic Playground solves this issue.

DHgate and other industry heads cast BRICS Women Innovation Contest

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In promoting tangible outcomes for empowering women and driving innovation, the 2022 BRICS Women Innovation Contest is now open to all businesswomen in BRICS countries. Register now and receive a recommendation from DHgate. The Contest aims to activate and unleash women’s innovation and creativity in green development, technological innovation, cultural creativity, healthcare, education and training, finance, cross-border e-commerce, and other fields.